Check your tax return
POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 5:57pm
Here's something you won't believe. In fact, I had to read it a few times and then see it on tv to make sure I was right.
Your income tax refund may be a little lighter this year. It all depends on what happened to some of your relatives.
Marc Fisher from the Washington Post dropped this bombshell.
A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice's tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government - a very old debt.
When Grice was four, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.
Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family - it's not sure who - in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary's money, rather than her surviving siblings, is a mystery.
They don't even have the right records; it doesn't matter.
Fisher goes on to write across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about the government has confiscated their check.
The IRS is out of control.
Now, it's more than just conservatives feeling the iron hand.